Navigation

Backcountry users need effective outdoor navigation skills. In these courses, learn to read topographic maps, and use compasses and gps.


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Navigation 1 - Using Maps

Learn the basics of navigation including the use of landforms, trail markers, route information and maps. Over a morning class and afternoon outdoor practice, you'll learn to use topographic maps to read contour lines, identify features, keep track of your location and make excellent route plans before you hike. Morning classroom-only option available. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, materials. Certification and 1-year membership in the Outdoor Council of Canada available for an additional $30.

Navigation 2 - Using Compass

Build on your map reading knowledge with compass skills. Over a morning class and afternoon outdoor practice, learn how to interpret a compass including cardinal directions, bearings and declination. Through practice exercises, find out how to integrate your map and compass knowledge for effective navigation across any terrain. Prerequisite: Using Maps. Includes: instructor, materials. Certification and 1-year membership in the Outdoor Council of Canada available for an additional $30.

Navigation 3 - Using GPS

Learn the basic functions of a GPS unit and how the features and limitations of GPS technology apply to backcountry navigation. We'll introduce you to finding your location, marking waypoints, creating and following a route, and saving and interpreting the data recorded on a trip. Discover how to use a GPS unit in the morning then spend the afternoon getting some hands-on practice outdoors. Prerequisite: Using Maps. Includes: instructor, materials, use of GPS unit.

Intro to Tracking

Ever wondered how 'Mantracker' tracks his prey? Join us for an introductory course taught by a Search and Rescue expert. This weekend course will be a blend of classroom and outdoor practical field exercises, designed to set you up with the skills you need to be able to detect, read and follow tracks and signs in the backcountry. Prerequisite: none. Includes: certified instructor, course manual, course completion certificate.